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Hi I'm Ryan

I love all things Apple. I'm an entrepreneur and a tech guru. I'm a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a father. I'm married to my beautiful wife Melinda and we have 6 kids. I love all things Apple. I enjoy photography, video editing, new media and photojournalism. I'm an entrepreneur. I run a web-based business from a home office.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that God is our Father. As a loving Father he doesn't gives us rules to control us. He has given us agency and made us free to choose. He gives us rules to help guide us and direct us. The Church that Jesus Christ set up when he was on the earth is here again with the same organization and ordinances. He has not left us alone. Just as God spoke to prophets in the past (whose words have become the Holy Scriptures) he speaks to his children today, again through prophets. Their words bring peace and hope and insight about the continued work of Jesus Christ for our salvation. Jesus Christ is our Savior. Because of his atonement we can repent and be cleansed from sin. He made possible what would have been impossible without his sacrifice and the mercy and forgiveness He offers us. Because of Jesus Christ we can have peace, hope and happiness. We can return home.

How I live my faith

My faith is mostly lived at home where I love and teach and guide my own children. I try and share with them the things I have learned from my experiences in life and how the principles of the gospel that Jesus taught can help them be better people and have a better life if they will apply His teachings. We say prayers together as a family. And in the mornings before school we read and talk about the teachings from the scriptures. We attend church together as a family on Sunday. We each attend classes to learn about Jesus Christ and principles of his gospel. We are all together as a family to focus on the Savior and His atonement when we take the sacrament. On Monday nights we spend time together as a family learning about the gospel and playing games, sharing talents and having fun. I volunteer my time to help and serve members of our church, particularly the youth. We have weekly activities that provide fun ways to learn and live the gospel and build friendships and good memories. Attending Church isn't a passive experience. We try and have as many people involved in serving each other as possible. These opportunities to serve come in many forms such as teaching a class to the youth or the children, helping to plan the youth activities or speaking to the entire congregation during sacrament meeting. I believe that service to others is essential. It's one of the most important ways we can follow the Savior's example. My faith is part of my daily life.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

I believe that death is more like a comma, than a period. Death is not the end, but just a point of transition. Our spirit lives on after death. Our spirit includes our memories and personality and consciousness. Our spirit is eternal and will live forever. My father died about 10 years ago. Though his body is buried in the ground I know that his spirit lives on. And though I can't see him, I have felt that he still cares for me and watches over me. Our relationship as father has sone has not changed or ended. His death was difficult for him and for our family. He suffered a lot as cancer overtook his body. Death seems unfair and cruel at times - but it will come to all of us. And having the right perspective can help ease the pain of separation and we look forward to a future reunion. Just as every person on the earth will die, everyone will also be resurrected - having their body and spirit reunited never to be separated again. I believe that the resurrection will occur when the savior comes again to the earth and I look forward to that day when I will be re-united with my father and other loved ones. Show more Show less